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Facing the fiscal cliff: American
taxpayers have had it easy for decades

NBC News, by John W. Schoen

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 12/3/2012 10:23:28 AM

Americans hate paying taxes. They also want Congress and the White House to balance the budget. They can´t have it both ways. On one side of the escalating budget debate is the premise, offered up by a generation of politicians and tax policy wonks since Ronald Reagan, that government spending is dangerously "out of control" and needs to be restrained. Even if the cure means starving the Treasury Department of cash. One the other side is a promise, dating back to the Great Depression and expanded through Lyndon Johnson´s Great Society

New Dem mantra for those who earn a living for themselves: ´´Thou shalt be punished´´


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Reply 1 - Posted by: LudicrousSextus, 12/3/2012 10:32:00 AM     (No. 9045796)

Rather amusing that NBC views ´out of control government spending´ as a ´premise´ - rather than the amply demonstrated *fact* that it is.

Then again, this would be the same NBC that needs to alter it´s abbreviation to reflect the ´National ´Bama Campaign´ arm that it has repeatedly demonstrated itself to be.

You want an ´unreasonable premise´, NBC? How about the premise - proven totally false - that the spender-in-chief is in any way, shape, manner or form actually qualified to hold the office of president?

Cue the Chuck Todd advocacy piece...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Northcross, 12/3/2012 10:32:20 AM     (No. 9045797)

Gee, I don´t know. Maybe if we stopped handing out money to the permanent welfare class, that would help.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: reilly, 12/3/2012 10:35:51 AM     (No. 9045814)

Whereas we´re getting beautiful results from all that wonderful spending.
NBC is a good reason to boycott GE and Comcast.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: sunsong, 12/3/2012 10:45:50 AM     (No. 9045842)

What an idiot!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Msctex1, 12/3/2012 10:48:40 AM     (No. 9045850)

Government equates to God in such people´s minds. It can do no wrong, and if we would all just believe. . .

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Reply 6 - Posted by: LAW428, 12/3/2012 10:49:47 AM     (No. 9045853)

If I have a sickness for spending myself into irrecoverable debt, the answer isn´t for me isn´t to acquire more credit cards and scrounge for more money to spend. The answer is to stop the financial "bleeding" and get some psychiatric help.

Our government has been insane for too long. We now borrow to give money to the Muslim Brotherhood...how warped is that?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: NYbob, 12/3/2012 11:19:31 AM     (No. 9045921)

I keep hoping for a true news media, but then I remember that even in the shambles of the destroyed civilization so brilliantly portrayed by Orwell, the Ministry of Truth was untouchable. Our collective media won´t be the first to be reformed if we skirt by a new Dark Ages, they will be the last. I wish I didn´t feel like the Pod people are increasing at an alarming rate, but the brainwashing works.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: beancounter, 12/3/2012 11:26:54 AM     (No. 9045937)

That´s got to be the single stupidest article on the federal budget that I´ve ever read.

1. We never paid down the debt.

2. There are lots of developed countries with lower tax rates than us.

3. "Tax expenditures" are not the same as government spending.

4. There´s no tangible payoff to reducing deficits? What about all the interest we´re paying?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: yuban, 12/3/2012 11:53:36 AM     (No. 9046001)

I agree that 47% of Americans have had it too easy for decades. The 53% that pay taxes, not so much.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: foxfire, 12/3/2012 12:38:59 PM     (No. 9046109)

I didn´t authorize throwing wads of money at foreign governments.
I didn´t authorize the disaster in Afghanistan.
I didn´t authorize paying off the banksters, who already have most of my money anyway.
Nobody should have to paymore taxes to finance crap like that.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: chumley, 12/3/2012 12:39:05 PM     (No. 9046110)

Had it too easy? After federal, state, and local taxes, after gas taxes, sales taxes, social security taxes, and all the little etceteras, I am taxed at over 50%. I am lower middle class.
So for every dollar I earn, 50 cents is taken at gunpoint by people with more power and less honor than the Mafia. Easy street, I am so lucky to be on you!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: hershey, 12/3/2012 12:48:54 PM     (No. 9046132)

Maybe they will understand after the economy implodes, our cash is worthless (remember a wheelbarrow full of money to buy a loaf of bread in one of those countries in Africa close to obies birthplace) and there is rioting in the streets when all the ´obama gave me a free phone´ voters can´t buy their booze and dope....


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